Jim Hart is the sensational new vibraphone star of the
London jazz scene. He was a massive success at the 2003 festival
and comes to Cyprus this year straight form his own week at
Ronnie Scott's. Cyprus Jazz fans are the lucky ones.
Jim Hart began playing piano and drums at the age of four.
By the time he was eleven he was playing both instruments
in the Tamar youth jazz orchestra as well as playing percussion
in the Cornwall youth wind orchestra and the C.Y.percussion
ensemble. At sixteen he went to study at Chetham's school
of music. During this time he was a percussion finalist in
the BBC young musician competition and won the John Dankworth
award for most promising musician in the BBC big band competition.
After Chetham's he studied at the Guildall and after leaving
there he became the drummer for NYJO and the vibes player
with Martin Drew's Jazz Couriers. As well as studying with
Dave Hassel and Steve Berry whilst at Chetham's and the many
teachers and visiting tutors at the Guildhall Jim has had
some in teaching in workshop enviroments. He has been an assistant
tutor on Wavendon, has assisted Scott Stroman in primary school
workshops and did regular workshps around the country with
NYJO. Although it is not a jazz project Jim is currently working
for the Guildhall's Connect project.
Listen to Jim Hart